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If you enjoy photography we'd love to have you help. All of the exciting events can be found at VWBPE.org. Join our Flickr Group to share your photo's, they must be open source as there is a chance they may appear on the website for 2018. The Flickr Group is https://www.flickr.com/groups/vwbpe and I intend to be available 7pm SLT this evening and certainly in the morning. Feel free to contact CallieDel Boa, if I am not online, feel free to send a Notecard. Thank you in advance!
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VWBPE 2017, SERIES, VWBPE Conference 2017 in Second Life, Strawberry Singh

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Presenter: Mary Stokrocki. Arizona State University.
Description: The Lizards of ARS, the Latin word for art, functions as a parody improvisational site for visitors to learn about the changing nature of art, and reinterpret its various meanings that range from beauty, preference, significant form, expression, to kitsch, and game.

- Teach about the changing nature of art. Like a game in constant play, ART transforms itself.
- Transform the parody play by mask and prop making, reading, writing, and dramatic interpreting, and photographing.
- Add to the evolving installation: Click on the giant Lizard face for a play copy, rewrite a character script, and send a mask/prop to the presenter.

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Teaching%2010/86/235/23

Access: Go to the SLURL, look up and click on the giant Lizard face. Follow the directions there. See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended.

This venue will be available for individual exploration after the presentation. Be sure to join the VWBPE 2017 Passport to the Metaverse Rezzly Quest: https://vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-2017-passport-registration

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Bumper Boats & More at VWBPE! Help Crash the Sim! Mar 25 @ 9am SLT

Come have a bit of fun with us, as we test our social regions for stability.
- Take a kayak across all 8 VWBPE regions
- Float gently on a bubble
- Ride the jet skis if you've got a need for speed
- Get a little crazy and hop on a bumper boat
- Or simply sit and take the tram to gently ride

Bring your friends! Come by our social region at 9 am SLT:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20South%203/26/116/24

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Tick Tock, Tick Tock – VWBPE Countdown!

The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference is quickly approaching. The conference isn’t just 4 days, however. There are lots of things to see and do both before and after the main events. To see everything we started by opening the regions early so you can see all of the exhibits starting Tuesday March 21.

VWBPE Gateway SLurl:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Gateway/178/128/38

We have Immersive Experiences happening throughout the week. Check out Spanish Language Learning on the 24th, and Lizards of ARS on the 26th. Details are available on the Conference Calendar:
https://vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-calendar.

This year, VWBPE introduces a new segment this year called Above the Book, conversational interviews with Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab, on March 29 at 1pm PST and Bernhard Drax, creator of the award-winning mixed-reality documentary series “The Drax Files,” on April 1 at 3pm PST.

These sessions will be in a private region. To get your invitation to attend you need to submit a question for our guests. Start thinking about what to ask! Questions must be submitted no later than Sunday March 26 at 11:59 pm PDT.
https://vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-2017-above-the-book-question-submittal

Want to bring a friend? Starting March 21st, the Rockcliffe Registration Portal will be open for people to register new avatars and find out more about the VWBPE conference in-world. Invite your friends to go to https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/ and follow the easy instructions to get started. We suggest that they come a day or two early to get oriented, so they don’t miss any part of the conference.

The VWBPE Organizing Committee would also like to send a huge shout-out to our sponsors who make this conference free for all to attend. Without their support, this conference would not be possible. We look forward to you sharing our experiences, our best practices, our Legacy.

Rockcliffe University Consortium (https://urockcliffe.com/)
Virtual Ability (http://www.virtualability.org/)
Agile Dimensions (http://www.agiledimensions.com/blog/)
Ageless Mind Project (http://agelessmindproject.org/)
University of New Mexico (http://extendedlearning.unm.edu/)
University of Idaho (http://www.uidaho.edu/)

https://vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-2017-above-the-book-question-submittal


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Spanish Language Learning at Escape: A VWBPE Immersive Experience

WHEN: March 24, 2017 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM America/Los Angeles Timezone
COST: Free
Presenter: James T. Abraham (El Profesor, OS); Martha Eugenia Lino (Eugenia Calderon, OS). Glendale Community College
Description: Join us for a tour of Escape where you will find a variety of locations that present embedded learning objects and authentic language learning opportunities in a virtual world. To demonstrate the use of virtual world for language instruction.

Hypergrid Login: digiworldz.com:8002:escape

Access: Hypergrid from your favorite OpenSim to: login.digiworldz.com:8002:escape or setup an account at https://digiworldz.com/ and Search for Escape.

If you don’t have an OpenSim account or viewer installed, you’ll need to create an account at https://digiworldz.com/ and download the viewer software.

This venue will be available for individual exploration after the presentation. Be sure to join the VWBPE 2017 Passport to the Metaverse Web Quest: https://vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-2017-passport-registration

Hello wonderful VWBPE colleagues. Elli Pinion here to let you know we so appreciate all the amazing folks that have already volunteered to help with our conference.

The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference is quickly approaching. As you likely know, it is being held Wed. March 29 - Sat. April 1st.

If you haven't had a chance to volunteer, we still have a few slots open for our Hosts, who are our very essential meet & greeters. If you would like to join us, please sign up at: https://vwbpe.org/volunteer

We appreciate all that you do, both here in our social community and at the Conference. We hope to see you there!

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VWBPE Exhibits Open TODAY! March 21

The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference is quickly approaching. The conference isn’t just 4 days, however. There are lots of things to see and do both before and after the main events. To see everything [https://vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-calendar] we start by opening the regions early so you can see all the exhibits starting Tuesday March 21.
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